Have you decided that 2021 is going to be the year that you give golf a try? Would you like to learn all you can about the sport and challenge yourself to be the best golfer possible? Do you like the idea of being able to experience all the different golf courses near you with a few close friends? If you’ve answered yes to these questions and you’re ready to dive right into the sport, you’re going to also need to think about golf equipment.
Golf is one of those sports where you need quite a bit of equipment to get started, but you do have the option of renting rather than purchasing it. So, what is the best route to take? Here are the pros and cons of renting vs owning your golf equipment.
The Costs Involved – a Huge Factor
The first thing to recognize is that either option will cost money whether you rent or purchase the equipment. Should you decide to buy all your equipment, it’s going to be a substantial up-front investment, but then you don’t have to spend any additional money for at least a few years. If you rent, it will be much less money up-front but, keep in mind that you will continually have this payment each time you play.
Some people even choose to purchase their golf cart as this can save them money in the long run vs the rental fee. Yes, this is an investment piece, but you then only have to deal with upgrades and repairs moving forward. You can choose from lots of accessories online, customize it and keep your cart in excellent shape for many years to come.
Renting Allows You to Try Different Items
As a beginner, you’ve got lots to learn about golf including the style of clubs you like. You want to be sure that when the time comes to buy your clubs, you know exactly what it is you want and need. Renting gives you a chance to try different makes and models and choose something that will improve your game.
Short on Storage Space – Renting Can Be the Solution
Golf equipment is also known for being rather big and cumbersome which can make it tricky to store. Not only do you need enough space, but it has to be the right storage conditions. The clubs should be somewhere that is dry and free of dampness and shouldn’t be exposed to the sun all day long. Your basement or an interior closet could be great options.
Customize What You Want by Purchasing Your Equipment
It’s hard to get around the fact that, when you purchase your equipment, you have the luxury of customizing what you get. This could mean specific clubs that you want to add to the set, a style of golf bag that you like and is comfortable to carry, shoes that fit you perfectly and are comfortable to wear and even the golf balls that are best suited to your play level and style.
Renting Makes Travel Simple
If you plan on traveling to different golf courses around the country, or even internationally, it can be a real pain to bring your equipment. Renting on-site will save you a lot of hassle and will mean you don’t have to lug all that equipment on the plane or in your car. Even if you own your equipment, it can still make more sense to rent while on holiday.
There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to renting vs owning your golf equipment; instead, you may want a blend of the two, purchasing key pieces and then renting others.